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Holladay hopes to be Oregon City's next mayor

Former Oregon City Commissioner Dan Holladay announced this week that he will appear on the November ballot against Bob LaSalle for the mayoral seat.

Photo Credit: FILE PHOTO - Dan HolladayMayor Doug Neeley will have to vacate the seat at the end of the year due to term limits, and LaSalle’s announcement was previously covered in this newspaper.

Holladay says his biggest goal as mayor would be to complete the redevelopment of the Blue Heron paper-mill site, which he calls a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to add seven or eight blocks to Oregon City’s historic downtown.” As an electrician by trade, Holladay says that his understanding of the construction industry and ability to read blueprints will be an asset to City Commission.

Expansion and renovation of the Carnegie Library is scheduled to begin soon after as the next mayor takes office. Concept plans exist for a $10 million new police station and a Riverwalk providing public access to Willamette Falls, but Holladay says the city will have to be aggressive about getting grants to fund these two projects.

“You have to learn how to build a consensus to make things happen, and I’ve proven over the years that I can do that,” Holladay said. “The leadership position of mayor requires some experience, and my 20-some years of experience, whether it’s City Commission or turning a cable-access TV station into a nonprofit, all of those things bring a good idea of how to run a meeting and interact with staff.”

Holladay, 53, has a long track-record in local politics that includes service on the Oregon City School Board, chairman of the Willamette Falls Media Center Board, the Clackamas County Coordinating Committee and the South Fork Water Board.

He was the chief petitioner of a 1994 ballot measure to require a vote if Oregon City wants to raise water rates by more than 3 percent. Then he championed a successful follow-up measure last year by saying it wasn’t the intent of his initiative to force the city to rollback its water rates in 2014.

“That would have devastated the water department and our facilities, and I served on the committee that talked about what we should do about it and also addressing a plan for dealing with basic maintenance issues,” he said.

Holladay, like La Salle, has openly clashed with Oregon City taxing districts like TriMet and Clackamas County.

After running unsuccessfully against County Commissioner Jim Bernard in 2010, Holladay led a failed recall attempt against Bernard in 2012. But as co-chief petitioner for referring the ordinance to voters, Holladay had scored a defeat against Bernard in 2011 by arguing for the repeal of Clackamas County’s annual $5 vehicle registration fee increase to help fund the Sellwood Bridge in Multnomah County.

“It wasn’t just me; we have all county voters to thank for stopping what would have been a precedent-setting event in Oregon to tax someone for a project outside of their jurisdiction,” Holladay said. “Besides Jim Bernard, I’ve had a pretty good relationship with other members of the county board over the years.”

A 1979 Oregon City High School graduate, Holladay served in the U.S. Army from 1981-86 in Korea and Germany. In the late 1980s, he owned a security company.

Holladay’s partner, City Commissioner Betty Mumm, filed for re-election the same week, on Friday. Mumm and Holladay recently purchased apparel company Ultimate Team Spirit in Canby.

Commissioner Kathy Roth and Mumm are so far running unopposed, but the filing deadline is Aug. 26.